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>> tonight, dinner by candlelight, not by choice. a storm leaves hundreds of thousands without power on thanksgiving. >> it's our first thanksgiving together, and i'm sure we won't forget this one. >> reporter: and there are still travel problems, too. acts of kindness are ha helpingo heal a woundy city. >> people need to see this. this is beautiful. mark strassman and vladimir duthiers are in ferguson. after dinner don dahler tells us it's off to the stores. >> we know that parents are going to spend plenty of montheir kids between now and christmas. >> and juliana goldman with the queen of carving. >> i've been doing this for a very long time because i just enjoy it. i have fun. captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> quijano: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm elaine quijano. happy thanksgiving. it has come this year with a serving of weather headaches. a storm in the northeast knocked out power to at least 338,000 homes and businesss. snow and ice made driving dangerous, and flying? nearly 1,000 flights were delayed or canceled. more now from katie brace from cbs boston station wbz. >> reporter: the first major storm of the season dropped as much as a foot of heavy, wet snow, taking down trees and power lines. airports already slammed by 700 cancellations yesterday were struggling to catch up. many of those lucky enough to get home for the holiday arrived only to find a cold and dark welcome. 200,000 here in new hampshire alone are without power, and it could be several days before crews get to some hard-hit rural areas. many were forced to improvise their thanksgiving plans. no electricity at hom at
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newlyweds patti kenyon and her husband dined at whole foods. >> it's our first thanksgiving together, and i'm sure we won't forget this one. >> reporter: marc nozell support us pictures of his family's thanksgiving. keeping the beer cold was about the only easy part. mother wendy thomas was thankful nonetheless. >> that's the big thing-- everybody's home. we're safe. it's going to be one of the stories that we'll talk about at the taiblg for years to come. ( laughter ) >> reporter: if it's any consolation, the road home from thanksgiving should be much easier. elaine, the forecast calls for drier conditions and temperatures reaching around 50 degrees this weekend. >> quijano: all right, katie brace, thank you. the weather helped turn down the temperature in ferguson, missouri, where there has been so much anger after the grand
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jury decided not to indict officer darren wilson in the fateag shooting of michael brown. vladimir duthiers is there. >> reporter: cold and snow brought some calm wednesday night. scores of demonstrators protested outside the police department where hundreds had squared off the previous two nights. but this time, there were only two arrests. the presence of 2,000 national guard troops helped, too. their numbers were tripled after last monday's melee. ferguson mayor james knowles. >> i don't think they had the manpower to monday need nightto do what they needed to do and the national guard helped that. >> the troops received a thank you from governor jay nixon but theanger and outrage triggered by the racially charged shooting of a black teenager continues to spread. in new york the thanksgiving day parade was briefly interrupted by protesters. seven people were arrested. in los angeles, 130 people were arrested after block traffic. and in oakland, a march ended with arson, rock throwing and
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arrest. now a new round of protests may threaten black friday's sales. last night, one group of protesters marched through a st. louis mall chanting, "shut it down." there was no damage and no arrest but the start of the christmas shopping season comes as ferguson is still cleaning up from this week's destruction. checkpoints still limit travel within the city and stores are boarded shut. >> we're not out of the woods yet. >> reporter: not out of the woods yet. >> we've got to plan for several more days, if not more, of unrest, but then we've got to work on the healing. >> reporter: last night's protests may have been limited by the cold weather and the fact that it was thanksgiving eve. but it's expected to warm up tomorrow, and a ferguson security plan could face another test. elaine. >> quijano: vladimir duthiers in ferguson, thank you. there are signs that the healing is beginning, thanks in part to the kindness of strangers. here's mark strassman. >> reporter: in ferguson's scarred downtown, this is how darcy edwin and her husband, eddie, spent thanksgiving
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morning. they were painting hope on the boarded up reminders of a terrible week. >> it's a symbol of unity and strength of ferguson. couldn't think of a better way to spend thanksgiving than, than obviously with my wife, with family. >> you want a donut. >> reporter: reverend shanda evans and her daughter, zuri, came along with coffee and donuts. >> oh, perfect! >> reporter: they trove five and a half hours from indiana to join the peaceful protesters. steve moore was serving hope at his celebrity soul food restaurant. his thanksgiving meal was free for any riot victim. >> happy thanksgiving to you, bro. >> when they're feeling pain i'm feeling pain because it could have been my building that got burned down, but with the grace of god, just sparing this place, i feel a pain. >> reporter: vandals found natalie's cakes and popular, and then this photo of owner natalie dubose weeping went viral. 7200 strangers have donated
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$233,000 online to help her reopen. celebrity soul food needs help, too. business is down 80% since michael brown was killed august 9. moore had 18 employees. now he has six. and you've had to stand guard over your place as the rioters come up this way? >> i've been staying? my car, going home maybe a few hours, taking a shower, and hoping and praying when i come back my bus businessis still a safe place. >> reporter: nights get scary here? >> nights get very scary, and you get very lonely because you don't know who these people are. >> reporter: one of the diners at that restaurant told me she's been guarding her home with two loaded guns, but she came to that dinner unarmed. she told me she just couldn't see heelf carrying a gun on thanksgiving. elaine. >> quijano: mark strassman in ferguson, thank you. in what's becoming a bigger part of thanksgiving, more and more stores will be open this evening
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so folks can get a jump on their holiday shopping. retailers expect sales this month and next to total nearly $617 billion, a better than 4% increase over last year. don dahler tells us many shoppers will have more to spend. >> reporter: retailers got an unlikely gift this holiday season-- low gas prices mean consumers could have an extra $40 billion to spend this year. richard barry with toys "r" us hopes some of that money finds its way into his stores. >> we love the fact that the customer is out and willing to spend. we know that parents are going to spend plenty of money on the kids between now and christmas. >> reporter: about one out of every $7 spent will be online. a dobie has measured data from more than 1 trillion visits to web sites since 2008. brad rencher is in charge of adobe's digital marketing. >> as we're sitting at thanksgiving dinner with their friends and fam leesh when somebody grabs their mobile device and starts to engage in
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that, odds are they're proposing shopping for their christmas gifts and we call that shopping on the sly. >> reporter: over the next month, the average shopper is expected to do 40% of their holiday shopping online. i.b.m. tracks every purchase, including which devices online shoppers are using, desktops this morning with mobile growing throughout the day, and the average order of each order, peaking around $195 at 5:00 a.m. eastern time and averaging $131 in the afternoon. seasonal hiring is up this year, too. movie those jobs will turn into full-sometime positions. >> about 20% last year of our seasonal employees went on to work in our stores and distribution centers, over 9,000 people last year. >> reporter: shippers are adding extra workers as well. upsfedex, and the post office are up more than 20,000 temporary jobs. they're adding those extra workers to try and avoid a repeat of what happened last year, elaine. because of bad weather, as well as last-minute orders, some 2
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million presents never made it under the tree. >> quijano: don dahler in manhattan tonight for uthank you. iran's supreme court leader ayatollah khamenei gave his pleasing today to continue negotiation overs its nuclear program. when the deadline under an agreement passed this week, the talks with the u.s., britain, russia, china, france and germany were extended until march. in the meantime, sanctions on iran will continue and elizabeth palmer reports they are taking a heavy toll. >> reporter: in iran, an ordinary working salary is just $500 a month, so price hikes of about 30%, driven by u.s. sanctions, really hurt. the fact is millions of iranians do want a deal. in 100 ways, every single day, they constantly feel the pinch of sanctions, and they hope that sooner or later air, compromise 94
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they've seen share prices in iranian companies dive, but mojtaba shabazi, a trader, thinks it doesn't have to be that way. what would happen if there were no more sanctions tomorrow? >> i think the market will be explode. >> reporter: the market would explode. >> yeah, exploarkd yeah. >> reporter: the companies that trade this exchange reflect iran's diverse economy, not only oil, but-ing, too. pirouz rouzbeh is one of the most influential investment managers in iran. >> iran is very rich, both above the ground in terms of its human resource and below the ground in terms of its natural resources. it's one of the last, great, untapped emerging markets i mare world. >> reporter: so where western politicians see a nuclear threat, investors, especially europeans, see a bonanza. in iran's vast oil reserves and beyond. but american companies facing
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massive penalties for breaking sanctions have to be much more than cautious. >> they have to get a clear signal, yeah. >> reporter: or a deal. in other words, a deal. >> in other words, a deal, yes, exactly. >> reporter: something that, for the moment, remains a great big if. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, tehran. >> quijano: supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg was released from a washington hospital today. she'd been rushed there tuesday evening, and yesterday doctors gave her a stent to open a clogged artery. ginsberg is one. he's expected to be back at work on monday. still ahead on the cbs evening news, a state with one of the biggest prison populations will soon be putting fewer convicts behind bars. and pardon us, but didn't the president promise that mac and cheese would not be on the thanksgiving menu? stay tuned. rescriptions. we found lower co-pays... ...and a free wellness visit.
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thanksgiving this week to 18 extraordinary people, presenting them with the medal of freedom for, as he put it, making america stronger and wiser, more humane and more beautiful. among those receiving the nation's highest civilian honor was a woman who the president said had changed the world. juliana goldman has her story. >> reporter: in this cluttered office, behind reems of paper and stacks of books, sits one of the greatest minds in the field of physics, 84-year-old mildred dresselhaus has worked at m.i.t. for more than 50 years and still comes here every day. saturday and sunday. >> yeah. >> reporter: why? >> i've been doing this for a very long time because i just enjoy it. i have fun. >> reporter: her students know her as millie. her peers call her "the queen of carbon." >> the main thread of my work is
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property relations of materials. >> reporter: i don't really-- >> maybe that's a little too technical. >> reporter: dresselhaus pioneered research in the electrical propertyes of carbon, studying graphite, like whose found in pencils. she also pioneered her own path in a male-dominated field. when she pursued her ph.d. at the university of chicago in the 1950s, her thesis adviser wasn't particularly interested. >> he was very happy to see me get lost. >> reporter: he told that you? >> what he said is that there isn't much place for women in physics. you see, there aren't any. >> reporter: that adviser has since apologized. today, dresselhaus and her work continue to inspire women in the sciences, even her own granddaughter, who is a grad student at m.i.t. dresselhaus has more awards lying around than she can count, including the $1 million cably prize in nanoscience science. she's gotten awards from the white house before, too. she even has a designated blazer for these white house ceremonies. dresselhaus says it helps the
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president remember who she is, not that she's likely to forget the m.i.t. legend. so at what point would you stop coming in here seven days a week? >> i think when health or if i had no more ideas of things to do. >> reporter: it doesn't sound like you're running out of ideas. >> every year there is something new that comes along that's too exciting to quit. >> reporter: at the very least, she says, she has to organize her office. juliana goldman, cbs news, cambridge, massachusetts. glee>> quijano: that's the cbs evening news for this thanksgiving, for scott pelley, i'm elaine quijano, thank you for joining us, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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i'm first alert meteorologist erica grow. blastly winds are moving in, giving us the fork in the 20s for your black friday's shopping plans. a special interface service, a tradition going on for decades in thanksgiving. i'm surae chinn with that story. hundreds of people across the street in the generosity of others. the snow may be out of the forecast, but it will be sure to be chilly for black friday shoppers. but first, it's thanksgiving. have a happy one, i'm lesli foster. >> i'm debra alfarone. and that winter storm that gave us the first dusting yesterday, long gone at the coast, hammering new england. and the real concern will be when people would hit the roads to head home. today, the roads were treacherous as they would turn highways in to the ice rink.
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over 700 plows were dispatched to help clear up the mess as they were slammed with some of the highest snow totals as much as 18 inches. >> and in may, chopping the bread crumbs by the flashlights, cook turkeys on the grill, watching netflix on phone. they woke up this morning to find their lights out. two of the biggest power companies in the state would report 80,000 customers without power. the outage is being blamed on a nor'easter that would blow them onto trees and power lines this week. and they said that they were bringing in crews from canada to help get everyone back online. but back here in that metro area, shoppers are camping out tonight, expecting the windchills, possibly in the teens? >> we'll get right to first alert meteorologist erica grow. >> that's real. that's what we're going to see overnight tonight as winds will pick up, calm over there as the cold front would move on through, the winds will increase and they will make the temperature feel colder than what they do right now. already down

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